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Release: Parents' Country of Birth, England and Wales, 2012

Released: 29 August 2013 Next edition: 28 August 2014


Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Population, Births and Fertility, Live Births and Stillbirths, Country of Birth of Each Parent

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

This publication presents statistics on live births by parents' country of birth. These statistics include the ten most common countries of birth for non-UK born mothers and fathers, the age of mothers by country of birth as well as estimated total fertility rates for UK born women and non-UK born women. The percentage of births to non-UK born mothers is also provided at local authority level.

Before 2007, some tables were published as part of annual publication Birth statistics, England and Wales (Series FM1). The data years available include 1998 - 2008. There is a lookup table (44.1 Kb Pdf) to show how the current birth tables relate to former Series FM1 tables.

A Quality and Methodology Information note (257.9 Kb Pdf) for births is available on the ONS website. Further information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to births is available in births metadata (332.6 Kb Pdf) .

In addition, there is an interactive mapping tool which enables trends in fertility to be analysed at the local level.

The Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables provide quarterly and annual births data for the United Kingdom and its constituent countries.

For data for other UK countries please see the latest birth statistics for Northern Ireland and the latest birth statistics for Scotland.

We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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